Don Braden has performed as a leader or as a sideman in a vast array of venues. Concert halls include Carnegie Hall (Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, McDonald's All American High School Band), Lincoln Center (Illinios Jacqueet Big Band, 1993 Battle Royale, Mos Def), Symphoy Hall in Boston (Wynton Marsalis) among many, many others. Club appearances include countless performances in New York's Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Sweet Basil (Sweet Rhythm), Birdland, and many others in the Americas, Europe, Japan, Russia and Australia. Braden has also been a featured artist at many universities, such as Harvard, Duke, University of Southern Florida, University of Louisville, Princeton, North Netherlands Conservatoire, William Paterson University, Cuyahoga Community College, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Wellesley College and many others. Television appearances include Saturday Night Live, David Brenner, Joan Rivers (all with Wynton Marsalis), and several others.
Gigs


Upcoming Performance Schedule
As of July 2019

2019

June 30 - July 26: Don Braden is proud to be Music Director of the Litchfield Jazz Camp, which is available for attendance any or all weeks in this 4 week time frame.  E-mail info@litchfieldjazzfest.com or call (860)361-6285 for more info.

July 18: Byram Shubert Public Library, Greenwich, CT, with the Peter Hand Quintet

August 6: Westfield Jazz Festival, Westfield NJ, with Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k), featuring Karl Latham on drums, Oscar Perez on keyboads and Calvin Jones on bass

August 8, 7:30 & 9pm: Boss Tenors Jazz Series, Zinc Bar, NYC, with the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder, with Kenny Davis (bass), Jeremy Warren (drums) and Oscar Perez (piano)

August 10, 7pm: Hudson Valley Jazz Festival, Warwick Town Center, Warwick, NY, with Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k), featuring Karl Latham on drums, Oscar Perez on keyboads and Calvin Jones on bass

August 11: Willingboro Jazz and Music Festival, Willingboro, NJ, with the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder, with Kenny Davis (bass), Jeremy Warren (drums) and Oscar Perez (piano)

August 17, 7 & 9pm: Shanghai Jazz, with with Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k), featuring Karl Latham on drums, Oscar Perez on keyboads and Calvin Jones on bass

September 20-23: Bejing, China with the Trio of Liberty, Don with Joris Teepe on bass and Mike Clark on drums.

September 26, 8-11pm: New Brunswick Jazz Project (Tavern on George, New Brunswick), with the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder, with Kenny Davis (bass), Jeremy Warren (drums) and Art Hirahara (piano)

September 27, 7pm: The Miller Theater, Allentown, PA, with the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder, with Kenny Davis (bass), Jeremy Warren (drums) and Art Hirahara (piano)

October 4/5, 7:30 & 10pm: Small's Jazz Club, NYC, the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder, with Kenny Davis (bass), Jeremy Warren (drums) and Art Hirahara (piano)

October 11/12, 7:30 & 9:30pm: Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, with the Valery Ponomarev Quintet, Celebrating the Centennial of Art Blakey

October 20, 3-6pm, Coastal Jazz Association Concert Series, Savannah, Georgia, with Howard Paul

November 5, 7:30pm: City Sports Grille At Spare Time Northampton, Northampton, MA. Don featured with Paul Arslanian on piano, George Kaye on bass and Jon Fisher on drums.

November 11-15: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

November 21: U. Mass, Don with the Avery Sharpe Group

November 22: Hartford, CT, Don with the Avery Sharpe Group

December 2: The Morris Museum/Bickford Theater, Morristown, NJ, with the Don Braden Big Band, featuring Earth Wind and Wonder repertoire.

December 31: New Year's Eve Celebration at Shanghai Jazz, with with Don Braden/Karl Latham Big Fun(k), featuring Karl Latham on drums, Oscar Perez on keyboads and TBA on bass


2020

January 10, 9am: Jazz Education Network Conference, New Orleans, LA, Don Braden presents "Take Excellent Care: Health and Fitness for Musicians"

January 10, 12noon: Jazz Education Network Conference, New Orleans, LA, the Don Braden Quartet presenting Earth Wind and Wonder

April 16-19: Pizza Express London (Soho), England with the Trio of Liberty, with Joris Teepe (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums)

April 20-25: Faculty Assignment, Prins Claus Conservatiore, Groningen, Netherlands.

April 25: Club Jamboree, Barcelona, Spain, with the Trio of Liberty, with Joris Teepe (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums)

Don Braden Performing Ensembles:
- Don Braden Quartet: Brandon McCune/Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe/Kenny Davis - bass, Jeremy Warren - drums
- Trio of Liberty: Joris Teepe - bass, Gene Jackson, Matt Willson, Jeff Watts, Louis Hayes, Winard Harper, or Steve Johns - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group: Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Don Braden Organix Group featuring Vanessa Rubin: Vanessa Rubin - vocals,  Kyle Koehler - Hammond Organ, Dave Stryker - guitar, Cecil Brooks III - drums
- Big Fun(k): Karl Latham - drums, Oscar Perez - keyboards, Calvin Jones/Chulo Gatewood/Gary Foote - bass
- Braden Michels Project: Julie Michels - vocals, Dave Restivo - piano, Keiran Overs - bass, Daniel Barnes - drums
- Braden/Rapp Project: Mark Rapp - trumpet, Art Hirahara - piano, Joris Teepe - bass, Alvin Atkinson - drums
- Contemporary Standards Ensemble (various musicians on trumpet, trombone, piano, bass and drums)

Don Braden as a Special Guest -- With his extensive high-level Jazz experience, positive energy, excitement and musicality, Braden is an outstanding guest soloist for any kind of ensemble.  He's great with young people and pros alike.  He has over 15 big band charts at various levels available, as well as 4 pieces for full symphonic orchestra (with Jazz quartet.)